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Diaspora - 9 July 2019

All Aboard!

 

If visiting the U.S., you can take a plane, train or automobile (motorcycle, car, RV) to get around.  And if you take the train, that would be our AMTRAK.  You can visit their website to see about various excursions, prices and much more at :  https://www.amtrak.com/home.html. And if you want to dig deeper, check out the history of America's Railroad at:  https://history.amtrak.com/amtraks-history   I happen to use Amtrak to travel from Lawrence, Kansas to Albquerque, New Mexico when visiting my children.  I enjoy the very tiny private compartment due to the overnight trip.  I can't say a traveler can plan on a good night's rest. Every little town that the train travels through gets the obligatory blast of the train's horn.  So while traveling in Western Kansas, in particular, there are lots of little towns that must be warned of the train "a'coming," even at 2:00 a.m.  Most folks eating breakfas in the dining car in the morning, look a little bit travel weary.

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Randy and Cheryl MacFarland and Steve and I took a train in Scotland from Bridge of Allan to Stirling during one of our visits.  Although just a short jaunt, it was fun to experience the train.  According to my favorite website on all things of Scotland:  https://www.visitscotland.com/travel/getting-around-scotland/train/. There are connections to Scotland's seven cities.  But there are numerous other trains connecting travelers from small locations to the larger cities.  

There are 3 types of tickets:  Anytime; Off-Peak; and First Class.  Per Visiting Scotland:

 

Anytime tickets are unreserved standard class tickets which can be used at all times of day.

Off-Peak tickets allow for cheaper travel during specific hours when the trains are not as busy.

First Class tickets allow for travel in carriages with extra space, electrical sockets for laptops etc, and sometimes include complimentary refreshments.

To get to the ticket website, go to the Scotrail page:  https://www.scotrail.co.uk/tickets/leisure

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Feel free to Bring Rover With You.

You can bring your pet with you.  The Scotrail page says you can bring 2 of your pets with you, but you must have them on a leash, even if they are a turtle!  https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/stations-and-facilities/luggage-and-pets

 

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For the Young of Heart Too

 

You can bring your elderly parents with you too...  No leash is required, but if you want to save money, check out the BritRail Pass with discounts if your family members are over 60 (a whopping 15% discount).  https://www.britrail.net/passes/britrail-pass.  Oh!  And if you are between the age of 16 and 25, you can get a 20% discount.  If you are under the age of 5 and reading this - you are a terrific reader!  But you can also travel for free.  And if you are between the ages of 5 and 15, and if you bring an adult with you, you too may travel for free.  (Looks like if you travel by yourself and under the age of 5, you are free... check out the link.)

 

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Happy travels!  And if you haven't looked at the information on our website about the trip to Scotland and/or Ireland for 2020, make sure you take some time to scroll around to see it!

 

 

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